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Grilled Halloumi Cheese – Served 2 Ways

This grilled halloumi cheese is a quick and easy appetizer, perfect for a small gathering. Served with a sweet chilli dressing or a smoked cranberry sauce, it is delicious and oh so simple. Recipe by Sprinkles and Sprouts | Delicious food for Easy Entertaining

This grilled halloumi cheese is a quick and easy appetizer, perfect for a small gathering. Served with a red chilli and honey dressing or a smoked cranberry sauce, it is delicious and oh so simple.

In fact you hardly need a recipe for this one (but I’ll give you one anyway 😀 ) Griddle some delicious chunks of halloumi and then dress them! To coin a famous cooks phrase. “How easy is that?”

A slate platter, with small chunks of grilled halloumi cheese dressed with red cranberry sauce, garnished with mint. In the background 2 champagne glasses.

So how do you grill halloumi?

Firstly you don’t need to add any oil. The cheese will naturally crisp up because of the fats in it.

Secondly cut the cheese into approximately 1/3 inch thick slices (1 cm), this ensures the cheese will not split into smaller chunks when you cook it.

Lastly cook. Heat the grill or grill pan or heavy based fry pan to a medium heat and add your cheese. Don’t move it about! Just let it cook for 3 minutes and then carefully turn it and cook for a further 2-3.

Remove from the grill, garnish and serve straight away. Grilled Halloumi is best when still hot/warm.

Close up of grilled halloumi cheese, speckled with red chilli and green mint.

The deliciousness of this grilled halloumi cheese comes from the amazing transformation you get when you grill halloumi. It goes from a hard squeaky cheese to something soft and almost velveteen in texture, but with enough bite to hold it’s shape.

Because grilled halloumi needs to be eaten warm I don’t suggest this dish for a crowd, the recipe below will serve 4 (or 6 if you serve it as a pre-dinner nibble). It doesn’t take much longer to cook the quantity of cheese needed for a crowd, but to serve 20 people before the cheese cools is just an added stress!

Better to save this grilled halloumi cheese for small gatherings and pick a easier party canapé for you large gatherings. Something like my sheet pan potato frittata, which can be made in advance and served at room temperature, or my selection of super simple smoked salmon appetizers, which look sensational but use a handful of supermarket ingredients.

Golden grilled halloumi on a slate platter with a small dollop of red cranberry jelly on top.

But if you have a couple of friends coming for dinner, or want a simple appetizer for Valentine’s day. Then this grilled halloumi cheese is perfect!

I have introduced several friends to grilled halloumi, or told them about it and the question I get asked most is….

What do I serve with Grilled Halloumi?

I have several grilled halloumi recipes coming soon. Recipes that make Halloumi the star! But as a quick guide I always like to add something sweet to balance the salty cheese, or something sharp to cut through the richness. Think grilled fruit; watermelon is perfect!!!! As are stone fruits like peaches and plums. Or go for the sweet sharp taste of pomegranate.

Or add it to a dish with some sweet roasted peppers, again the sweetness is so delicious with the salty cheese.

Simply grilled halloumi served with a sliced tomato salad, lemon juice dressing and fresh basil is the perfect summer lunch! (I am drooling!!!)

But today for this grilled halloumi appetizer, I have two delicious topping options.

Chilli and honey or Smoked cranberry: The chilli and honey dressing is spiked with lime which cuts through the rich cheese wonderfully, whilst the smoked cranberry sauce is sweet (and smoky) which compliments the salty nature of the grilled cheese.

Platter showing both the grilled halloumi topped with red chilli and topped with red cranberry

Grilled halloumi is so delicious and the colours are beautiful, I do hope you give it a go.

Enjoy x


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This grilled halloumi cheese is a quick and easy appetizer, perfect for a small gathering. Served with a red chilli and honey dressing or a smoked cranberry sauce, it is delicious and oh so simple.
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Grilled Halloumi Cheese - Served 2 Ways

This grilled halloumi cheese is a quick and easy appetizer, perfect for a small gathering. Served with a red chilli and honey dressing or a smoked cranberry sauce, it is delicious and oh so simple.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Modern Australian
Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 201 kcal

Ingredients

  • 9 oz Halloumi cheese some packets are 8oz that is fine too!
  • 3 sprigs of fresh mint

For the Honey and Chilli dressing (makes enough for all the cheese)

  • 2 small red chillies
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 lime

For the Smoked Cranberry dressing (makes enough for all the cheese)

  • 3 tbsp cranberry jelly/sauce
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke

Instructions

Start by making your chosen dressing.

For the Honey and chilli dressing

  1. Finely chop the red chilli.
  2. Mix the chopped chilli together with the honey and the juice of the lime.
  3. Set aside until needed. (don't refrigerate)

For the smoked cranberry dressing

  1. Mix the cranberry jelly and liquid smoke together in a small bowl.
  2. Set aside until needed. (don't refrigerate)

To grill the halloumi

  1. Cut the halloumi into 8 thick slices. Then cut each slice in half.
  2. Heat the grill or grill pan or heavy based fry pan to a medium heat.
  3. Add the halloumi slices and cook untouched for 3 minutes.
  4. Turn the halloumi and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  5. Remove from the grill and drizzle with your prepared dressing.
  6. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

The nutritional information below is for the cheese only.

The Honey and Chilli dressing adds 45 kcal and 12g of carbs per serving.
The Smoked Cranberry dressing adds 16kcal and 4g carbs per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Halloumi Cheese - Served 2 Ways
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 0.6%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 63.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Slate platter with small bites of grilled halloumi cheese on it, flecked with red chilli and green mint

Grilled Halloumi Cheese Anecdote (aka my recipe ramble for those who love the waffle)

Got to love a cheese recipe where you can cook the cheese and not end up with a melted mess!!!!!

Grilled Halloumi cheese is a bit of a late nineties/early naughties dish. I think in the UK it was made popular by the likes of  Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver. You would see it on pub menus, tossed through salads. And to be honest it was always a disappointment. The cheese would be squeaky and there was never enough of it to make a big bowl of salad feel like lunch. Pass me the fish and chips in a basket and leave the salad in the kitchen!

But when it is done well it is just sooooo good. So after a delicious grilled halloumi dish at a friends house I was determined to make it myself.

In my early 20’s I then went through a halloumi phase….everyone who visited was subjected to my various grilled halloumi recipes! HA! Sorry friends! Especially those who weren’t cheese fans….actually I don’t think I am friends with any cheese haters…..probably because hating cheese would just be weird!!!!

I have calmed down over the years 😉 And developed more recipes so I have a bit of variety when friends come for dinner!!!!

Although one of my kids favourite lunches is grilled halloumi and tomato salad……A throw back to the pub days??? But a whole lot better!

Enjoy your grilled halloumi xx


 

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This grilled halloumi cheese is a quick and easy appetizer, perfect for a small gathering. Served with a red chilli and honey dressing or a smoked cranberry sauce, it is delicious and oh so simple.
Recipe by Sprinkles and Sprouts | Delicious food for Easy Entertaining

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    • Emily
    • February 28, 2018
    Reply

    This would be the perfect appetizer for a party. So pretty and so delicious!

    1. Reply

      They do make such cute pre dinner morsel. And everyone loves grilled cheese!

    • Allison - Celebrating Sweets
    • February 28, 2018
    Reply

    I’ve always wanted to try this. It sounds so good!

    1. Reply

      It is such a fun cheese to cook with. My kids love the squeak and I find guests demolish these 😀

  1. Reply

    What perfectly simple and yet amazing bites of goodness! I’d be happy with that tray placed in front of me for sure!

    1. Reply

      Hehe, exactly, a tray of these a glass of champers and the night is a winner 😀

  2. Reply

    The grilled halloumi with chilli and honey dressing sounds too good for me. Yes others are also good, but being a spice lover I like this topping.

    1. Reply

      It’s a great choice. The spice and sweet work so well with the salty cheese!!!

    • Hope
    • February 28, 2018
    Reply

    I do love a good simple appetizer, it can really take the stress out of cooking the main meal! These look delicious, I love the sound of the smoked cranberry dressing.

    1. Reply

      It really does. I to have an appetizer or nibble platter for guests, but it has to be achievable (after a glass of wine)

    • Aria
    • February 10, 2018
    Reply

    This grilled halloumi cheese Sounds yummy,Impressive!Thanks for the post!!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, I think it is such a crowd pleaser,especially with the 2 different toppings 😀

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